Ultimate Smart Home Tour and Guide: Beginner’s Edition (2020)

what's up everybody this is Danny and

welcome back to another episode of

ultimate smart home and today it's all

about the beginners if you have no idea

on how to build or even start a smart

home you've come to the right place

we're gonna talk about some of the

products used to start with and I'm

gonna give you a few recommendations

along the way and you're gonna see that

a lot of these products are

budget-friendly so let's just go ahead

and jump in the first and most popular

thing you should probably pick up is a

voice assistant so you have voice

assistants built into your phone already

but these are way more convenient

because they have far-field mics built

in and they're always available to

listen to your command there are more

but the three most popular are google

assistant Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri or

homekit platform which one you should

pick is a whole another video on its own

so if you want me to do that comparison

I will let me know in the comments below

they're all intuitive and easy to use I

personally started on the Amazon Alexa

platform and now I'm using the Google

assistant to run my smart home a lot of

it is personal preference when picking

one up the choice that you need to make

is if you want a screen to display your

information or if you just want a smart

speaker I prefer the display so I'm

using the nest hub max it's a great

speaker it has a large display and a

camera built-in but it's not cheap there

are cheaper options like the Amazon echo

5 it's a perfect size and looks great or

you can go with something like the

Lenovo smart clock more than likely you

own more than one of these there is just

so much to choose from you should have

no issue finding one for your knees like

this small all-in-one echo flex where

you can just plug it in directly into

your wall and even expand it with the

USB powered motion sensor it's so

perfect for controlling smart lights

with motion sensing that possibilities

are endless and I'll leave a few more

that I like in a description section

below if you've never owned one of these

it can make your life so much easier you

can go as simple as asking what the

weather is simple facts setting timers

and getting recipes but you can get as

complicated as running your entire smart

home with chained voice commands and

full routines so stay tuned for the next

episode where we'll get a little bit

more advanced where I'll show you how to

build these routines and how to run your

entire smart home with these so a lot of

people ask me do you need to buy a hub

when I first start and the answer is no

because most people can just use the

voice assistance as a

and I think a lot of people will just be

happy with that but the further that you

get in smart home hubs do have an

advantage a must have smart home product

that you need to consider is smart

lighting so there are two different ways

to get this Smart Switches and smart

bulbs and there are advantages to both

with either you can control your

lighting from anywhere in the world

either through a respective app or a new

voice assistant that you just picked up

but first let's talk about smart

switches because this can be the most

cost effective in a lot of scenarios

there are a ton of choices out there but

the smart lighting switches that I use

are from the channel sponsor lagron I've

been using the radiant collection now

for over a year and they have been solid

design is very important to me and as

you do your research you'll notice that

not every Smart Switches looks this nice

the screwless play gives us such a clean

look and fits in perfect with my modern

home the switches are high-quality and

have a nice subtle click to them when

you press them and they're really easy

to install and set up so it's not

intimidating so here's an example of how

going the Smart Switch route will save

you a lot of money in my kitchen I have

6 BR 30 bulbs so in a situation like

this if I pay 20 to 30 dollars per bulb

it can get pricey real quick or I can

just get one Smart Switch & gain smart

control of all six bulbs for a fraction

of the price this is great because you

can just use it like a normal switch so

you don't have to change your daily

routine if you don't want to but the

LaGrant lights app gives you many

options like operating your lights with

a single tap grouping the light so you

can mass control rooms to make things

easier and you even have the power to

set scenes I have a good morning routine

where all of my lights downstairs turn

on before I wake up so when I come

downstairs I'm ready for the day the

smart switches can be controlled by

Google assistant or Alexa so when I

first started building a smart home I

thought this was one of the coolest

things in the world to control your

lighting with just a voice command and

to be honest it still is once you have

this you cannot go back smart switches

also have an advantage where smart light

bulbs might not be available like

specialty lights that give off a

different ambiance and you can even gain

dimming capabilities through the switch

itself which is nice or the app you're

gonna see a few new smart home products

from the electron radiant collection

coming up in my full smart home tour I

know everybody's been waiting for it

it's coming very soon make sure you

subscribe for that and I'm gonna leave a

link down below to the current radiant

collection so you can check it out and

find more information on it smart bulbs

are also a great way to gain smart

control of your lighting and if you're

looking to just automate a single lamp

in the room this is super simple but

what I personally love about smart bulbs

are the color possibilities that come

with it

I personally switched over to philips

hue because of the ecosystem and the

options that you have with entertainment

like the HDMI box lighting up games and

content but you have a lot of solid

choices out there I've used life

explorer I've covered sank LED C by GE I

love the way that RGB lighting can

accent a space especially with

entertainment but also with holidays

like Halloween or Christmas you can

light up your front porch or walkways

for example or I know it's simple but

just to get that perfect white lighting

you can play with the kelvin scale and i

love that for my home so you don't have

to get crazy with the colors but with

lighting strips and everything you can

put that on the furniture and get really

creative with your smart home with smart

lighting so i think this is definitely

something you should look into another

important piece to the smart home is

protection or security and the easiest

way to get a peace of mind is a smart

security camera but you have a lot to

choose from you have a scale from cheap

to really expensive but the good thing

is I've used quite a bit of these so I

want to talk about some of the more

affordable options like the why scam

these are about 25 bucks right now and

I've seen them go as low as 20 bucks

before and they just give you what you

need a live 1080p video stream with

two-way audio and you can do this from

anywhere in the world with the wise app

you get motion notifications you even

get free 14 days of cloud recording

there's even an SD card slot so if you

want to record continuously I think you

can do that up to 7 days and it works

perfectly with Amazon Alexa and Google

assistant which is really nice another

solid option is the blink mini it's a

compact indoor security camera with HD

resolution to a audio and custom motion

zones these will definitely do the job

and they have a lot of integration with

Amazon Alexa and start right around 35

bucks so that's also a solid choice

another good one is the Samsung

smartthings cam

they're about 70 bucks but I love the

way it integrates into the Samsung

ecosystem I have a samsung TV and even a

Samsung family help fridge and I can

access this camera on the TV and on the

fridge which i think is nice a little

bit overkill but it's nice I can also

get notifications directly from the TV

so if I'm sitting here watching TV

that's nice if there's a motion

detection or something like that

I'll see it pop up right here and I can

view it right from the TV which is

really cool while there are a lot of

products out there and some of them

might be cheaper you may want to

consider ecosystem when you start

picking up these smart home products

like for example for my cameras I use

nest cam IQ indoor and I use the nest

hub max so I can access these cameras by

voice directly to the hub at any time I

can use this for two-way talks so even

on my smaller nest hub I can do the same

from my office to the kitchen and I also

have a nest hello video doorbell so as

soon as someone rings that doorbell I

can see it right through the max hub

immediately Danny is that front door

then I can speak to them if I want to I

don't have to have my phone it's really

convenient unfortunately that's what I

think is one of the biggest problems

with smart home is that not all products

work this seamlessly together because if

you pick up different manufacturers they

may not all speak to each other

correctly even though you can tie them

in through the hub it's not the same

experience as in say nest which I just

showed you so just think about ecosystem

when you're purchasing sometimes buying

the same brand can give you some

advantages especially if they're from

the big tech giants like Google and

Amazon continuing with doorbells the

most popular is the ring video doorbell

I used one for 3 to 4 years and it

worked really well

I love the ring community feature I

switched over to the nest hello when it

launched and I love the way it works

with my Google ecosystem and the 24/7

video recording is why I keep using it

it does cost money but it treats the

doorbell as a security camera which I

like but this is one of the more

expensive offerings but there's still

some solid ones that are much cheaper

from our low euphy August remo there's a

ton of them so I'll leave a few link

down below that I like I tell the same

story about video doorbells to everyone

it is your first frontline security

product on your home and it's the

perfect example of what smart home is

supposed to do it solves a problem and

it gives you convenience because of the

popularity of these things

you no longer really have this problem

where you're gonna miss a delivery

worker or if somebody steals your

package then at least you have some

footage that you can give to the police

a smart video doorbell is something that

you should definitely add and look into

when you're building a smart phone a

smart lock is something that you should

also consider if you want that

convenience of not carrying a key around

I know a lot of people don't think this

is safe because I get comments about it

all the time but think about if you lose

your keys you're kind of under the same

predicament and a lot of people use

their phones to open or lock their doors

and if you're trusting your bank account

to your phone with all the security you

have there with biometrics face ID then

I think you could probably trust your

front door access to it and let's just

keep it real if somebody wants to get

into your house

they're gonna get in they're just gonna

throw a rock in your window was that too

much but if you want to use a physical

key there are still choices with smart

locks like auguste lock and the new

level lock I have experienced with the

August lock so you only change the

interior part of your lock so on the

outside it looks like a normal lock but

you still have all of that functionality

of smart control I use the nest Yale

lock which is super simple with just a

number pad on the outside and before

that I used a slake neck lock which has

the number pad and the key so it has the

best of both worlds smart locks in my

opinion also are a big problem solver a

perfect example of smart home because

there's a lot of times where you leave

your home and you think did I forget to

lock that back door and you don't know

so you end up driving back around to

check if that door is locked or not but

with a smart lock you can just check on

your app and if it's unlocked then you

can just lock it right through the app

and not have to worry about it the last

thing I want to talk about is the most

expensive but totally worth it is the

smart thermostat again I also think this

is a problem solver and a convenience

piece because last house that I had had

the thermostat upstairs so every time

that we want to tell you the temperature

we had to go upstairs I know first of

all problems but there are other

advantages this level of control is

especially great for vacations and

saving energy because there's no reason

to heat and cool to certain levels when

you aren't home and when you come back

in the temperatures change you can just

heat or cool your house right from the

airport before you get home so you

greeted with a comfortable temperature

which is awesome again there are a ton

of them I personally use the nest

thermostat but also had great

experiences with ecobee and I'll also

leave a few down in the description that

I recommend alright one bonus product

and that is a smart garage door opener

and why I like this is solely because I

forget to close my garage door all the

time and this is a great way of keeping

my house safe I use the Chamberlain myq

it's super affordable between 30 and 40

bucks and you can easily just open and

close the garage door through the app

but this is where this video gets cool

because all of the products that I

showed you today can all be connected

together to run through one routine and

you do not have to have a lot of

products to make a functional and

awesome smart home I think a lot of

people will be happy with this level of

smart home so for example through Google

assistant I have a good night routine so

with one voice command it will turn off

all of my downstairs lights it will dim

my front porch lights to 50% check all

of my smart locks to see if they are

locked and lock them if they're not turn

down the temperature because I like it a

little cooler at night and it will check

to see if my garage door is left open

and if it is it will automatically close

for me all with one voice command that

is pretty sweet so I'm gonna end this

video with some advice if you're

beginner don't go crazy and just start

spending a bunch of money I would start

with a voice assistant first maybe buy

smart switch some smart lighting and a

few other products and just start

personalizing the smart home because

that's the beauty of smart home is that

it's supposed to solve a problem and you

don't need a whole bunch of products to

wow your friends you need products that

are gonna help you and make your life

more convenience so he goes wild as you

want or you can keep it as simplistic as

you want but build the smart home to

personalize your home and don't get

caught up in all the hype so that about

does it for the 2020 edition of ultimate

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intermediate and more advanced because

I'm gonna show you how to kind of tie

this together and maybe tell you how to

do some of the routines we can step to

that together so you can build that

ultimate smart home thank you for

watching and I will see you in the next